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finial

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1997,0901.1

  • Description

    Finial with at one end a dragon's head whose engraved wings form a short shaft terminating in a scroll with applied bead work decoration.

  • Date

    • 13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 32 millimetres
    • Width: 15 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Purpose of object uncertain. The dragon's head held an iron shaft and so it may have been the end of a stylus for writing on wax, the end of a decorative pin or a manuscript pointer. It may also have formed part of a shrine cf. crozier held by St Gertrude from the St Gertrude shrine at Nivelles.

  • Condition

    Incomplete

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1997

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1997,0901.1

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